June 2018 Dedham joined the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, an international coalition of mayors and city officials who pledge to take local action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, enhance resilience to climate change, and transparently track their progress in meeting established goals.
“The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy reinforces Dedham’s commitment to our people, businesses and environment,” said Jim Kern, Dedham’s Town Manager. “Through the Global Covenant, we are strengthening our pledge to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions, track progress, and enhance Dedham’s climate resilience. With consistent, public reporting of our city’s climate data, we will show how our actions, along with the actions of fellow cities around the world, can mitigate both the causes and the problems resulting from our increasingly changing climate.”
Dedham is fulfilling this commitment with help from the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness program. The Town is one of eighty two communities across the Commonwealth that received funds to address climate change vulnerability and develop resiliency plans. MVP provides technical support, climate change data and planning tools to identify hazards and develop strategies to improve resilience.
Dedham was awarded $28,000 and hired consultants to assist the Town in holding municipal and public workshops to address Dedham’s vulnerabilities to climate change. A full report on this process can be found here.